There is a school of thought that states violent police terrorism persists unabated in Black communities across the country. The recent spate of police terrorist acts in Georgia, California and Arkansas demands an independent analysis and resolution of these human rights abuses.
In this vein, the December 12th Movement/The Choice Campaign have called for a Malcolm X Conference on Self-Determination on Malcolm X’s Birthday, Friday, May 19 and on Saturday, May 20, 2017. The conference opening Friday will be held at 6 p.m. at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, Second Floor Gallery, 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, Harlem N.Y. The keynote speaker will be Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. of the Prisoners of Consciousness Committee.
The Malcolm X Conference on Self-Determination will continue Saturday, May 20, 2017, at All Souls Episcopal Church, 88 Saint Nicholas Ave. (at 114th Street), Harlem. The Conference Plenary begins 9:30 a.m. and three panel discussions will take place 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Panel topics are “Black Independence/Historical Demand”; “Black Power, Reparations and Human Rights”; and “Recapturing Black Culture.”
Heightened police terror reigned last week across the U.S. In Gwinnett County, Ga., Police Chief Butch Ayers spent Thursday firing two officers after they punched and kicked a man they’d pulled over for a “traffic violation” Wednesday. The two police officers, Robert McDonald and Michael Bongiovanni, were captured on cellphone videos by bystanders at approximately 4 p.m., assaulting Lawrenceville resident Demetrius Bryan Hollins after he was stopped.
One video shows Hollins exiting his car with his hands up, as officer Bongiovanni punches him in his face, throws him down and handcuffs him. A second video, captured moments later, depicts officer McDonald, responding to the call for back-up, running to Hollins and immediately stomping his head as he laid on the ground. The officers were fired for assault and filing a false report.
A similar incident occurred in Sacramento, Calif., when Nando Cain, allegedly “jaywalking,” was slammed to the ground by a police officer and arrested. The assault was caught on cellphone video by Naomi Montaie, capturing the moment the officer slammed Cain to the ground. Footage from the dashboard camera in the officer’s police car also showed him repeatedly punching Cain after tackling him. He has since been placed on paid administrative leave.
Again, in West Memphis Ark., Montana Ceaser, 19, posted photos of himself on Facebook claiming police brutality. The photos show injuries to his face and ear.
According to WMC TV reports, West Memphis Police Department officers claim they tried to pull over Ceaser and his 20-year-old brother Reyes, who was a passenger in the car, because their car looked like one described in the case of a missing 14-year-old. Their plate did not match.
The men drove off when the officer turned his lights and siren on, driving about 35 miles an hour for 10 blocks to their mother’s house. Dashboard camera video from the WMPD shows all of this incident. The men said they did not stop because they feared the officer would beat them up. Ceaser said his brother Reyes had a history with those officers. One officer admitted striking Ceaser “approximately three times on the right side of his face with a closed fist.”
“We went back and we looked at the prior encounters with Mr. Ceaser,” WMPD Captain Joe Baker said. “He had not run from us before. I’m not sure where he is getting this [idea that] he’s had problems before and he’s scared of the police.” The three officers involved have not been relieved of duty.
Attorney Roger Wareham, secretary-general of the International Association Against Torture stated, “Despite the demise of slave codes, segregation and Jim Crow laws, de facto discriminatory policies and practices perpetuate a racist and fascistic regulatory, and punitive relationship between Black people and the police.”
For the past few years the December 12th Movement has led The Choice campaign, which has called for a plebiscite/referendum for self-determination among Black people in the U.S. Open community discussions ensued and are rapidly spreading and developing.
“Black peoples’ centuries-old demand for our human rights from a nation that has no regard for our humanity must be resolved by us,” explained activist Julio Brown.
The 28th annual Malcolm X Birthday Shut Em’ Down march and rally will assemble at 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, Harlem, N.Y. Friday, May 19, 2017, at noon. All businesses along the 125th Street corridor will shut down from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in honor of our “Black Shining Prince,” El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, Malcolm X.
For more information on the Malcolm X Conference on Self-Determination, contact December 12th Movement/The Choice Campaign at 718-398-1766 or online at www.d12m.com.